CCLAP 2014 TALK: Kate O’Hara – Champa Battambang!: Live Art

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Champa Battambang!: Live Art

This presentation of video art and documentation illustrates the emergence of live art on the streets of Battambang with a particular focus on the phenomenon of ‘live painting’ or what one might call action painting. Artists graduated from Battambang’s Phare Ponleu Selpak art school (Cambodia’s largest, independent art school) are spearheading the movement, and are intent on a revival of the cultural capital. The interventions, often accompanied by a musical score, take art to the streets engaging the accidental local audience in highly politized thematics. The namesake of this program is derived from a popular Cambodian song Champa Battambang! (Flower of Battambang) by Sinn Sisamouth. The lyrics are an ode to the city of Battambang and its beauty by the leading musician of the 1960’s golden era of Cambodian Music.

Oh Battambang!
The centre of my heart!
It was hard to say goodbye
Since the day I’ve been away from you
I worry and think about you every time

Kate O’ Hara

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